As an experienced practitioner, Alan has built a successful Criminal and Regulatory practice.
In the last five years, he has transformed his practice so that Professional Discipline &
Regulatory takes over around 80% of his work load. Alan also continues to practise in criminal law.
Alan is a highly experienced advocate. He regularly receives plaudits from both professional and lay clients for his advocacy style and for the results he achieves for his clients. He will leave no stone unturned in seeking to achieve the desired outcome for his client.
Professional Discipline & Regulatory
In the field of professional discipline, Alan is one of the General Medical Council’s regularly instructed advocates. He has recently been appointed to the Council’s list of advocates sufficiently experienced and skilled to appear in the High Court.
He conducts all types of hearings for many professions, including Fitness to Practise,
Review and Restoration hearings. He has extensive experience of appearing before Interim Orders Panels.
Much of Alan’s current practice is taken up with Fitness to Practice Hearings involving misconduct (including dishonesty, sexual abuse and serious clinical errors), deficient professional performance (following performance assessments), and adverse physical or mental health.
- Extensive experience of both prosecuting and defending healthcare professionals
- Appearing regularly on behalf of the General Medical Council, before Investigation
Committees and Fitness to Practise Panels, conducting Fitness to Practise, Review and
- Appearing regularly before Interim Orders Panels, and in the High Court seeking interim order extensions
- Representing other non-healthcare professionals in disciplinary hearings
- Wide-ranging experience of prosecuting and defending in complex cases encompassing all areas of crime
- Acting as junior in murders, conspiracies and frauds
- Particular experience of historic rape/sex abuse cases
Dr A – Case originally listed for 10 days – lasted 31 days. Practitioner who repeatedly gave false information relating to her qualifications and date of birth. She had been given advice by the GMC previously, but was referred shortly thereafter following concerns that she may not, in fact, be properly qualified. Defence counsel made lengthy submissions that there was no case to answer.